Some of you know that in September of last year I was 6000 miles away in Transylvania, visiting sites that are sacred to our Unitarian Universalist religious history. There were many fascinating learnings but none were as surprising as this: that there’s no church shopping there. People go church shopping here all the time. But […]

“You do not have to be good,” says poet Mary Oliver. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. That’s what “embodied spirituality” is about. Let the soft animal of your […]

[Put on Red Sox hat] For those listening to the podcast, I started this sermon about faith development by donning a Boston Red Sox hat. It was a powerful symbol of devotion in my family growing up. We started going to a UU congregation when I was seven years old, but by that point, I […]

Everyone in this space has probably heard of Unitarian Universalism’s Seven Principles, but have you ever heard of the Seven Anti-Principles? (The answer is NO, because I cooked them up just yesterday.) Anti-Principle Number 7: The only existence that matters is human existence. (This is the opposite of “Respect for the interdependent web of all […]

Billie’s Blues: Love Me in My Pain Dr. Tony Stringer January 29, 2017 Do we require that our prophets be Buddhas or Christs?  If so, Billie Holiday was no prophet.  There was little that was Buddha-like in her nature, yet her life exemplifies the search for transcendence.  She had much to transcend——a life that […]